on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are five new agents actively expanding their client lists. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients.
Kimberly Fernando is interested in representing all voices and backgrounds in adult fiction and nonfiction, especially underrepresented voices.
Helen Lane wants: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance (in a contemporary setting), Action and Adventure, Thrillers, LGBTQ+, Horror, and Sci Fi. Commercial, Historical, Humor, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction.
Michelle Jackson is looking for Commercial, Historical, Humor, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction.
Madeline Ticknor islooking for literary and commercial fiction…
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You’re ready to send your manuscript off to prospective editors for a quote. The thing is, some of them are asking you to send the entire manuscript. All you want is a sample edit.
Why would an editor ask to see your whole manuscript? You don’t know this person. Could they be planning to steal your idea?
Sometimes we find that our work-in-progress is not a novel after all. We get to the finish point, and that place might be only at the 40,000-word mark (or less).
In some circles, 40,000 words is a novel, but in fantasy, it is less than half a book.
You could try to stretch the length, but why? If you have nothing of value to add to the tale, it’s better to be known for having written a strong novella than a weak novel.
I’m a wordy writer but sometimes the finished work is shorter than I’d planned–a lot shorter. Then I have to make a decision. I could choose to leave it at the length it is now and have it edited. Or I could try to expand it.
If my beta readers feel the plot lacks substance at that length, I let it rest for a while then come back to it…
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Hello, SE’ers! It’s Jan again to talk about another aspect of marketing our books through entering book award contests. I’m going to take a look a the pros and cons.
First, I want to take a look at the pros of entering book award contests.
- It gives extra exposure to your book
- Can boost an author’s confidence
- Gives an author bragging rights when there’s a win, place, or show 🙂
- Often book award contest judges provide invaluable feedback to the author
- Raises your book’s credibility status
- You can win cool prizes
- They are inexpensive
- You get to add the words, “Award-Winning Author” to your credentials (when you win)
- You can display your award trophies or medals at book signings
- Can provide motivation to keep writing!
The first book award I won gave me the confidence to call myself an author. Up until that time, I still…
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